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Old 11-16-2004, 06:52 AM   #1
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write to ntfs

Hi all i use suse 9.1 pro with it's default kernel installed 2.6.4 and i have two ntfs windows partitions but i can't write on them.Any idea if it is possible?
Old 11-16-2004, 07:00 AM   #2
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Yes. (Windows) NTFS has been writtable from Linux for some time now and safe, the trouble is I don't know how to do it for SUSE. Redhat like distros have a RPM available.
Good luck.
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NTFS isn't exactly safely writable by Linux. All you are able to do is modify a file, but you cannot change filesize. I'm sure its possible to do it over samba, however, but since they are partitions on your hard drive you won't be able to do that either. Your best bet for having a partition writable by both Windows and Linux is to create a FAT32 partition.
Old 11-16-2004, 07:19 AM   #4
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These threads about NTFS write access start to confuse me more and more.

Could anyone post a reliable source which driver rblampain refers to? Or could you define 'write-support' a little more precise?

Whenever I google for NTFS write, I only get reports about the 'overwrite' support of the NTFS driver. See:

But this is now the 3rd thread I read, where people claim that NTFS write is fully supported. Please, help me in my confusion!

BTW: I know about captive! What I mean is a 'real' Linux driver.

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Old 11-16-2004, 11:29 AM   #5
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my friend told me about captive-ntfs. according to him it will allow you to write to ntfs, but if you use it too much then it will start to screw it up and possibly make things very very bad. i dont know what could happen, but very very bad is enough for me to leave it alone.
Old 11-16-2004, 11:35 AM   #6
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This may be a bit off point, but I just avoided the whole thing by resizing my windows partition and creating a fat32 partition for both the windows and linux to use.

Old 11-16-2004, 12:18 PM   #7
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You did the best thing. NTFS writing is not perfected, and as such shouldn't be used...
Old 11-16-2004, 06:40 PM   #8
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Hi ye all,

There is a program from Paragon that should enable NTFS mounting/writing etc: You may want to check out 'Captive', the GPL option. URL: (You'll need few win files for that to work, though)

God bless, p_finn
Old 11-17-2004, 09:31 AM   #9
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So wait a minute we can now access our NTFS drives through Linux with read write permissions????
News to me if thats true I didnt think that would happen for a long long time??? Has anyone done this and have it fully functional? Last I heard that if you try to write to NTFS in Linux it could cause big problems for your hard drive and/or windows os? Also can you execute with no problems?
Old 11-18-2004, 02:09 AM   #10
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It looks like I have to explain myself.
I had a satellite ADSL connection that was only supported through Windows and I only used Windows for that purpose.
I had also be looking to read and write NTFS files through Linux. Satellite ADSL became too slow for me and I moved to another house where I now have ADSL through the phone line. I immediately chucked Windows, this was about 6 months ago.

The best I can remember is that my last attempts at NTFS using Redhat 9 allowed read and write although write still had some caveats attached but I simply just can't remember how extensively I used it. My recollection is that I did write something to test it and I think I downloaded a RPM from the NTFS project.

I apologize to all if I gave false hopes.
Old 11-22-2004, 10:04 AM   #11
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From the above mentioned website:

Captive: The first free NTFS read/write filesystem for GNU/Linux[...] Project implements the first full read/write free access to NTFS disk drives. You can mount your Microsoft Windows NT, 200x or XP partition as a transparently accessible volume for your GNU/Linux.[...]
As opposed to other projects this is currently the only software supporting the full read/write access including the possibility to create/delete files, modify directories etc.

Now I have not tested it but it certainly looks promising. (Check out the testimonials)



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